In 2006 Claire opened the first outdoor Nature Kindergarten in Scotland with the underlying philosophy as defined in her book Nature Kindergartens. The site later moved to Auchlone Nature Kindergarten near Crieff, Scotland, in 2009. The enthusiastic implementation of the Nature Kindergarten philosophy has resulted in Auchlone being considered sector leading and recognised internationally.
Auchlone is Claire’s centre of excellence where all of her philosophies surrounding Nature Pedagogy and The Floorbook Approach have been developed.
Auchlone offers the best of all worlds to allow children the opportunity to build great childhood memories - a secure natural space inside, a gently challenging outdoor investigative zone which supports young children to develop emotional confidence and skills, and then the wild wood where they can feel the freedom of a fully natural environment. Children from the age of 2 years spend the majority of the day outdoors in all weathers, either in the very naturalistic garden or in the woodlands where they build dens and bird hides using tools such as saws and loppers, make fires to cook their own snacks, climb trees and generally explore the wonders that the woodlands have to offer.
Auchlone aims to:
provide a safe and stimulating environment in which children can feel happy and secure.
provide children with a very naturalistic environment indoors, in the garden and in the wild woods where they are encouraged and supported to take risks and become the risk assessors.
encourage the emotional, social, physical, creative and intellectual development of children both indoors and outdoors.
promote the welfare of children and encourage their independence through the use of appropriate praise and reassurance.
encourage positive attitudes to self and others, and develop confidence and self-esteem.
create opportunities for both indoor and outdoor play which, at times, is challenging both physically and mentally.
encourage children to explore, appreciate and respect their environment.
provide opportunities to stimulate interest and imagination.
extend children's abilities to communicate ideas and feelings in a variety of ways.
promote a close relationship with parents and the community.
promote liaison between the Kindergarten and local Primary schools.
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Auchlone Nature Kindergarten recently won the Nursery Outdoor Learning Environment award at the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2016.
The judges chose Auchlone Nature Kindergarten because we "demonstrated a high quality outdoor living classroom that inspires and excites children. The children were very much involved in decision making and planning. Overall the nursery provides fantastic life skill opportunities that the children can use with confidence."
Manager Danielle Ramsay said: "All of the staff, parents and children are ecstatic to win this award. It has affirmed that the Auchlone ethos and outdoor learning we do with children helps give the best start in life."
Auchlone was also a nominee for "Nursery of the Year" in the Nursery World Awards 2016.